New techno release from Capiroto Records. Hazedoom. Official release date 9th October. By São Paulo based producers Hibern, Mochakk, Dynamic (BR), Mita (BR) as a collaborative project. Dark, energetic, bringing a primal sound design. The progressive kind of techno, mental, the details of drums summed by finely written melodies. The track shows what can be the result of group work in techno.
Muito grudado, muito tudo junto
Interligados pelo nosso culto
Indubitavelmente mundo fútil
Dentro passado fora passo curto
Passar o dedo pelo cabelo dela
Ele queria aaa
E pendurava a calcinha na janela
Ela que ria aaa
Babiloving is the new track from São Paulo based producer Semper Volt, feature here in the blog before with Leve. According to João Tenório (Semper Volt), the track started as a hip hop beat that evolved after having some vocals added to it, with some more jazzy influences. The track was written in a blues scale, being inspired by many contemporary Brazilian artists, such as Céu or Nação Zumbi.
The track has been added to our Spotify playlist Synths of Eden:
Newest track of Pablo Zuazo (featured here before with Macaco Nu Jazz), São Paulo Downtown, referring to the biggest city of South America’s. Full of small buildings from the 50s and 60s marked by different graffiti (as shown by the artwork with Pablo and the background with São Paulo’s buildings). A place full of joy and things to do if you’re a young person looking for night adventures. Where all the commerce is, where all the people go every single day. Travelling from their distant neighbourhood in buses or metro that circulate throughout “a sea of hills”, sometimes this travel would take hours and all sorts of buses or trains. All the commerce, all the great clubs, alternative occupations, political manifestation, the centre of Brazil’s biggest city. Where once it was just a single church formed by clever-Portuguese missionaries and indigenous people. It’s a downtown full of things and meaning. Full of layers, details, colours, where there is a lot of energy, with it’s ups and downs. Somehow this track represents it very well. You always need to stop a long time to cross the street, each time the track stops, it changes to something different. Somehow the tracks shows well the energy on that, called by Pablo as Nu Jazz. A lot to say about Pablo’s newest track. Jazzy, full of groove, samples, colours, layers… The track is available for streaming in Spotify and other stores.
His North Star is the notion that “Modernity is Tradition”: the point is neither the past nor the future, but their interrelationship, as Modern and Tradition merge in the present moment, here and now.
Pablo Zuazo is an artist from São Paulo, Brazil, that produces nu jazz. Plus, being a singer and songwriter. His influences shift from Bossa Nova, to MPB, Samba, Jazz, Hip Hop and Electronica. All those influences are clear while listening his songs. Macaco Nu Jazz has been released in 2017, blending jazzy keys, gospel vocals a nice rhythm. A perfect mood for a night time walk or for a morning coffee.
You can check Pablo’s Spotify for more, Macaco Nu Jazz has been added to our Chilling in Eden playlist:
The only Synthwave producer from São Paulo I ever came to know (which by the way is my home town) Cleeve Morris, artist name for João Carlos, has been highly productive, with a new release almost every single month. Besides being very engaged in building a community in Twitter and with his own Synthwave website called Synthwave Club reaching up to 4500 tracks according to him, representing more than 350 hours of music collected. All of that shows how much effort João Carlos invests on his music and on the Synthwave scene. Currently he is releasing a lot of new content every month. Such as his EP Psychological, self-released this past 14th September on Bandcamp (as embedded).
We have interviewed João Carlos to get to know more about him, his story as a Synthwave producer and asked him a few questions about the Synthwave scene in South America, specially in Brazil.
Present us yourself, where do you come from? What is your story as a music fan and as an artist, when did you first start make your own music? What motivated you? What were the first instruments you started to play and when. How did you come out to be the artist Cleeve Morris?
My name is João Carlos Alves, 35 years old, and I’m from São Paulo, Brazil, where I live and work. Also, I’m married, with a six years old daughter. Currently, I work as a Web Designer and Developer. I remember music since was I 4 years old, when sometimes I tried to listen children’s music, but my aunt was always suggesting me to listen some other things like: Information Society, a-ha, Alphaville…
My uncles have a big responsibility on an important part of my music taste. With my uncles I listened several different things (or styles) such as: Europe, Air Supply, Malmsteen, Whitesnake, Queen, Elton John, Van Halen, Saxon, Rainbow, Dio, Stratovarius and more…
My father always taught me how to love psychedelic and progressive rock like Pink Floyd, Yes, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jethro Tull… some good things that inspire me to do my own music are my triad: Vangelis, Kraftwerk and Jean-Michel Jarre. Pink Floyd was probably the first thing I ever heard in my life, no joke. With my mom and grandparents, I listened a lot of Brazilian music.
I really waited a long time to start working with music. I used to play with a few friends in the past, but for some reasons I left behind any possibility of working with music. I was stuck with listening to a single genre for a long time until I could realise how stupid it is… Now I’m also studying music theory.
I first started with acoustic guitar, shifting to electric, electric bass and experimented with drums for a while. However, I still plan to improve my keyboard skills. I used to sing as well, but a long time ago. Please, don’t expect me to sing on my own tracks at this moment! Nowadays, I use midi controller keyboards plugged into my DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation) and the guitar to help with the melody.
I started the Cleeve Morris project in 2013 with a friend that was procuding Vaporwave with me, as much as all the digital artistic concepts surrounding it. We fulfilled some goals without any kind of plans. And this was our gateway drug.
One night at work while listening to Vaporwave, I discovered in a playlist, artists like: Com Truise, Future Holotape, Cobra Strike Force. In that same night, my adrenaline was too high because I couldn’t stop listening that new genre called Synthwave. Months later I started the Cleeve Morris “solo adventure in the Synth world”.
Why the artist name Cleeve Morris? Is there a specific story behind it?
A colleague from work who used to smok weed hidden from his parents called it “Cousin Morris” (a Philip Morris lost cousin). While he shared it with me, I created the name Cleeve as we laughed about that story (though we didn’t smoke “Uncle Morris” that day). Stupid, not a funny joke, I reckon, but while I was developing an artist name, that story fitted perfectly with what I looked for as an artist name.
Tell us about the Synthwave scene in São Paulo, Brazil and South America.
Synthwave in Brazil is getting bigger, but only as an online community. Sad but true. There are some parties happening here and there. They are all organised by DIY artists trying do what I tried here in São Paulo some time ago.
I attempted to throw a Synthwave party here (I was preparing myself and the public to receive Kalax (atist from Liverpool). We were close to doing this… but at this moment, sorry, probably would never happen. After months promoting the event, only 5 people have shown up. We were waiting, and waiting… in the end, we stopped the music and started to drink and smoke on the roof. A total failure. I don’t have this dream anymore. But I hope someday, someone else can try something different.
About Brazilian artists, there is a bunch of good people out there making Synthwave. Good names, I have recently listened are: New Black, Alseph, Francci and I specially Miami Cruiser 1984, who does an amazing artwork. We started to talk about a project telling a story together, music and design.
In South America we have a lot of good artists like Meteor, Ozimov, Cristian Bergagna, Steamboy…
I believe Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, are the leading countries on this scene here in the South America. They are really good artists and people!
How do you produce your music? It seems like 2017 and 2018 have been very productive for Cleeve Morris.
I use FL Studio, LMMS, Caustic 3 and Audacity with a simple audio interface and MIDI Controller.
I experienced a lot of personal obstacles during 2015 and 2016 and every single track I did by that time became automatically unreleased. After all of that turbulence calmed down, I realized at least I had some good content created, mostly not finished or not mastered, so I decided to collect all that material and release whatever I could. Not everything is of a good audio quality, but for sure there are plenty of good compositions within all of that. And of course I’m still producing new things constantly.
What do you think of music made by synthesizers in the contemporary time and what do you think about the influence of technology in the way we current listen and make music? Is there an interesting criticism you’d like to make? Overall, is it just an internet trend of late capitalism or it’s a genre coming from the 60s that opens the doors to many possibilities when it comes to music making?
Music is the best thing created on this world. No matter if was electronic or analog, or a simple kid playing some rusty metal on a poor village.
Music frees. Music heals. Music makes you cry and laugh. After creating my simple songs, my life changed forever, and I can’t see myself doing something else, even if it’s just a personal hobby. As a web developer too, I can say, the social media and some stream platforms are kidding with the users. If you don’t pay, believe me, max. 5% of your public will reach your content.
The more we use and share our things there, more people we can attract, but this is only a dream today. Show your money and everything will be fine or at least it seems to be…
I spent some money on Facebook recently, and had zero new likes. Well…
Is there something else you’d like to say about your music? Other works you do, free space to market your stuff. (such as your own website/radio)
I will keep composing more music, not only Synthwave or 80’s based sound. Of course, this will continue as the main Cleeve Morris style, but prepare to listen some random music sometimes.
Side by side with Cleeve Morris, I do a job with Synthwave Club, a simple web player I created and now there is more than 5000 Synth/Retrowave tracks there. I use the SoundCloud API to get all that information. It helps sharing a lot of new artists.
Now I’m doing layouts and coding the new Synthwave Club website, and I can say: it will be amazing!
If I can do everything I wanna do, we will probably have a good (probably the coolest) website to see good content and listen our beloved Synthwave (and other subgenres). I can’t say more now because it’s still a work in progress with a lot of things still undone. So, everything can change.
I wanna say a big thanks to have been invited to this awesome interview. Also I wanna invite Synths of Eden to publish and share any content of on Synthwave Club in the future. I hope everyone will give me a chance on their Spotify playlists.
Trackers has been one of the best night clubs from São Paulo’s underground scene, great bands, great electronic music. There is no mistake if you are around São Paulo and want to enjoy great Live PAs and DJ sets, in the great atmosphere of Brazil’s biggest metropolis old city centre. With a guaranteed sunrise from its balcony’s full of junkies.
Barchi, that has released tracks such as Thugh Night and Take Smooth with Capiroto Records has uploaded this techno mix performed in Tracker’s at 12th May, 2018. It’s one hour of great techno tracks, including:
Barchi – Jungle Demon
Dashdot – June
Barchi – Take Smooth
Animal Picnic – Ethorica
Barchi & Shampo – Thug Night
Worakls – Toi
Jonas Rathsman feat. Josef Salvat – Complex (Serge Devant Remix)
Aaryon & Ran Salman – Riptide (Philipp Kempnich)Remix)
Olivier Giacomoto – Bipolar Star (Victor Ruiz Remix)
Victor Ruiz & Drunken Kong – Inside Out
Acid Pauli & Monolink – New Morning
New release of FMFL out today 19th March by RESTERECORDS, following Just Blink Twice, already reviewed here before in the blog. Hear My Heart comes with a more uplifting production, but still with the same delicate and relaxing feeling provided by Just BlinkTwice.This song talks about exactly what it says in its title. After all, FMFL is functional music for lovers. Songs to be listened and think about those we love the most.
Hear My Heart sings about the connection of feelings when listening to a song, that is the connection between people, how artists can write about their feelings to unknown others. Which can be represented by the act of ‘hearing (the artist’s) heart’. Both tracks are short but full of feelings, providing a bright-melancholy, that cannot be defined as ‘sad’ at the same time, a bit nostalgic. A sadness that can be something bright, represented by love, shining and singing the heart of an artist can mean something deep. An artist that sings about the absence of somebody. The harmony and brightness of the sound design prove to be the high sides of the track.
The title-track is followed by Up to The Sky, an instrumental, a mixture of keys, pad synths, glitch drums, that last for 3 minutes, ending with an atmospheric synth, a bit robotic yet glamorous. A short track with lots of textures.
According to Adam Matschulat, producer of FMFL:
“The whole album, which is coming out in May, has been a gigantic cathartic experience for me. I am used to producing other people’s music and I compose experimental electronics normally. Writing songs was an emotional challenge, as I wanted them to be as vulnerable as possible, as transparent and honest as possible.”
The debut self-titled album “Functional Music for Lovers”, with 12 tracks, will be released in May 2018.
This review features a short interview with Adam himself, that also designed the EP’s cover (below).
1. How was the recording process of your new EP? Tell us more about the work in the studio. Who participated in the production, mixing and mastering or your newest release?
I’m afraid but I will disappoint all techie musicians out there as my work as FMFL is done completely with virtual instruments. For me, having a background in engineering, is all about what sounds good or not. I don’t have any analogue equipment, what I got are good genelecs [studio monitors] and a studio with great acoustics. I produced, mixed and mastered this release. Which is absolutely fine if you leave big gaps between stages of production/post-production. I run a post-production agency ‘The Listening Tower’ – Instagram @thelisteningtower (http://www.thelisteningtower.com) which offers good prices for smaller labels, independent artists & filmmakers too. Please visit, if you contact me saying “I saw your website at Synths of Eden” I am more than happy to do a job for you half price 😉 We can talk.
2. What inspired you to compose your new tracks? Are there any artists/genres of music that were fundamental to the composition process? As a source of inspiration.
Inspiration is flooding in every second of the day… For me is all about looking inward and learning how to spot ‘tricks’ you come up with time, so its very important for me to avoid this ‘bag of tricks’ and try to dig deep to the essence of the matter you are exploring. I don’t think I have artists to name and point yes my sound is inspired by theirs… No way…. I honestly think that for this album my main ‘force’ of inspiration is old video games…. I think for 2 reasons, psychologically they bring me back to a time of safety, when I was 6 to 11 years old…I think the songs I wrote comes from a necessity of feeling safe. As emotionally the last 2 years of my life have been challenging for various personal reasons.
3. What are the next plans for you as an artist after this new release?
Well I am very pleased that in May I am releasing the Album ‘Functional Music for Lovers’ and after that I am giving priority to a new album of my trip-hop project ‘Godasadog’ – Instagram @godasadog – (https://open.spotify.com/artist/06OslChkeQlWzlHubsl956) which I produce with Victor Meira, from the band Bratislava, back in São Paulo. Parallel to that I am already working on a new experimental project as ‘Matschulat’ – Instagram @adamatschulat – (https://open.spotify.com/artist/0nMQwy6yGT9oLHLowzMUJp) which will be a film I am working with my brother who is a filmmaker (@aron.matschulat).
4. With which new artists or songs do you wish your newest release would be featured with in a playlist or DJ set?
Well. I don’t know how to answer this question. I hope that this project finds its audience. A friend told me I should go to South Korea… So maybe a DJ over there? 🙂
You can listen by FMFL’s new EP by streaming stores, plus Bandcamp and YouTube (bellow).
Semper Volt is João Tenorio, also Dj Telefunken in the past. First started as a Drum and Bass producer, now he does an electro-indie, with psychedelic and experimental influences. His new EP, Leve, has 5 tracks and it is available for streaming and to be purchased in Bandcamp. It is excellent pop music sung in Brazilian Portuguese, well composed lyrics and instrumentals.
Semper Volt is from São Paulo, Brazil, and his music is highly electronica, with a big presence of bass in his tracks, as much as interestingly composed lyrics. The new generation of electronic Brazilian artists is very far from Alok, Vintage Culture and all that commercial EDM crap. The track “Alvorada” speaks about fatherhood and the rise of new generations. After that, the EP starts to be more aggressive in its instrumentals, going to the “Lá vem o Robo” a highly experimental and aggressive bass that talks about robots, just like Kraftwerk but in a more contemporary Brazilian way. The next track is the only one in English, called ‘Rotating Lights’. The EP ends with ‘Leve’, an experimental instrumental track.
Semper Volt deserves to be in the spotlight of Brazilian electronic music artists with his new release ‘Leve’.